Monday, March 17, 2014

Last of World Book Day pics

Emma at Hampton Infants School kindly just sent me some pics of my day there!

Costumes n whiteboards.

Expressions - I guess this is scared, or surprised!

Some Toucans signing afterwards.

I like how this photo makes me look as if I've inadvertently come as Harry Potter too. Maybe it's every day that I'm doing that, and I didn't even know it! 

I think this was after I left - but look what a wonderful sad rabbit drawing!!

Thank you again Ellie and Emma and all at Hampton Infants!

Friday, March 14, 2014

World Book Day

I spent Friday at Hampton Infants School. It was a busy day - 7 workshops of 30 minutes each, and what a lovely school; all the children (and teachers) were dressed up so that was great to see. Thank you for having me, Hampton Infants!

I had two very exciting emails on the morning of World Book Day itself.

My friend Eve sent me a photo of her daughters Ellie and Lydia - Ellie had chosen Olive as her character, and thought of the Bad Mood cloud herself:

I think she looks brilliant!

And then I got a wonderful email from a nice man called Alex saying that his son Wilf really likes The Toucan Brothers, and had chosen Paulie as his WBD character! Look at his fantastic costume - with a tool belt to make any toucan plumber jealous! 

Thank you so much Alex and Wilf! 

On Monday as part of the Hackney Pop-Up Festival I went to Millfields Community School in Hackney, and did some Olive workshops with them. We talked a bit about general illustration history (a rather potted one, admittedly!) and then did some expressions and talking about the idea of spreading around a GOOD mood, rather than a BAD one. I had a great day - thank you to the lovely children and teachers at Millfields! 

What if Olive was spreading a NICE mood?

Filling in expressions

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Metal box design

I was very happy to be asked to take part in a project to design some boxes for The Original Metal Box Company. Other contributors will include Alice Lickens and Barnaby Richards. I had fun and I found it challenging, as I've never really done any product designs like this. Here is my finished picture, a very lizardy box:

They will be exhibited at Pulse at Earl's Court this 11th-13th May. I'm really looking forward to seeing all 9 designs, and seeing these guys on an actual box!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Character designs

I'm working on some main characters for a story, having some monkey nose issues! She will be the main character so need to get her right... maybe she shouldn't even be a monkey! She's supposed to be wearing black and white checked Vans but I think they might be a bit small to see!